Giants of the Prairies

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"Giants of the Prairies" is a song by the Canadian polka band the Kubasonics.

It tells the story of the numerous "world's biggest" roadside attractions to be found in Western Canada, especially in small towns populated mostly by Ukrainian Canadians.

Brian Cherwick, the leader of the Kubasonics, has a Ph.D. from the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies at the University of Alberta, titled "Polkas on the Prairies: Ukrainian Music and the Construction of Identity".

List of giant roadside attractions in the Prairies[edit]

Attraction Community Image
World's Largest Badminton Racket St. Albert, Alberta
World's Largest Beaver Beaverlodge, Alberta
Beaverlodge beaver
World's Largest Bee Falher, Alberta[1]
Falher bee
World's Largest Honey Bee Tisdale, Saskatchewan[2]
World's Largest Blue Heron Barrhead, Alberta
World's Largest Border Markers Lloydminster
World's Largest Bucking Saddle Bronc and Rider, "The Legacy" Ponoka, Alberta
World's Largest bunnock Macklin, Saskatchewan
Giant Bunnock (horse's leg bone) in Macklin SK. Summer 2004
World's Largest Curling Rock Arborg, Manitoba[3]
World's Largest Coke Can Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, is home to the world's largest Coke can, formerly a water tower.
World's Largest Chuckwagon Dewberry, Alberta
World's Largest Dinosaur Drumheller, Alberta
Drumheller T-rex
World's Largest Dragonfly Wabamun, Alberta[4]
World's Largest Fire Hydrant Elm Creek, Manitoba[5]
World's Largest Animated Grizzly Bear Innisfail, Alberta[6]
World's Largest Geese Hanna, Alberta
World's Largest Golf Tee Trochu, Alberta[7]
World's Largest kubasa Mundare, Alberta
Mundare kubasa
World's Largest Mallard Duck Andrew, Alberta
Mallard duck sculpture in Andrew, Alberta : 23 Foot (7.2 Metre) Wingspan. Weighs 1 tonne.
World's Largest Mosquito Komarno, Manitoba
World's Largest Mushroom Vilna, Alberta
World's Largest Mushrooms in Vilna, Alberta, Canada, 20 feet high and 5 feet in diameter
World's Largest Oil Can Rocanville, Saskatchewan[8]
closeup of "World's Largest Oilcan" in Rocanville, SK. Summer 2004
World's Largest Oil Derrick Redwater, Alberta
World's Largest Oil Lamp Donalda, Alberta
Lamp in Donalda, Alberta
World's Largest painting on an easel (reproduction of Van Gogh's Sunflowers) Altona, Manitoba
World's Largest Piggy Bank Coleman, Alberta
World's Largest Putter Bow Island, Alberta
World's Largest Softball, "Susie" Chauvin, Alberta
World's Largest Railroad Spike Hines Creek, Alberta[9]
World's Largest Sundial Lloydminster
World's Tallest Teepee Medicine Hat, Alberta
Medicine Hat Saamis
World's Largest Wagon Wheel and Pick Fort Assiniboine, Alberta
World's Largest Western Boot Edmonton, Alberta
Giant Horse Irricana, Alberta
David Thompson Monument Lac La Biche, Alberta
Giant Pumpkin Smoky Lake, Alberta
World's First UFO Landing Pad St. Paul, Alberta
UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul, Alberta. Opened on June 3, 1967.
Giant perogy Glendon, Alberta
World's Largest Perogy. Glendon, Alberta, Canada. 27 ft. tall (8.2296 meters), built in 1991.
Giant Vegreville egg (Pysanka) Vegreville, Alberta
Vegerville pysanka
Giant potatoes Vauxhall, Alberta
Vauxhall potatoes
Giant replica of the Star Trek starship USS Enterprise Vulcan, Alberta
Enterprise replica in Vulcan
Giant gopher Torrington, Alberta
The Happy Rock Gladstone, Manitoba
Canada's Largest Baseball Bat Battleford, Saskatchewan[10]
Canada's Largest Buffalo Wainwright, Alberta
Canada's Largest Dragonfly Wabamun, Alberta
Dragonfly Sculpture in Wabamun, Alberta
Canada's Second Largest Moose, "Mac the Moose" Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Mac the Moose in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Battle between Bear and Swan Swan Hills, Alberta
Giant Skunk, "Squirt" Beiseker, Alberta

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World's Largest Bee". roadsideattractions.ca. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  2. ^ "World's Largest Honey Bee". roadsideattractions.ca. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  3. ^ "World's Largest Curling Rock". roadsideattractions.ca. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  4. ^ "World's Largest Dragonfly". roadsideattractions.ca. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  5. ^ "World's Largest Fire Hydrant". roadsideattractions.ca. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  6. ^ "World's Largest Animated Grizzly Bear". roadsideattractions.ca. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  7. ^ "World's Largest Golf Tee". roadsideattractions.ca. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  8. ^ "World's Largest Oil Can". roadsideattractions.ca. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  9. ^ "World's Largest Railroad Spike". roadsideattractions.ca. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  10. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/canada-s-biggest-baseball-bat-arrives-home-in-battleford-1.2738765